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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642842/the-tick-microbiome-why-non-pathogenic-microorganisms-matter-in-tick-biology-and-pathogen-transmission
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REVIEW
Sarah I Bonnet, Florian Binetruy, Angelica M Hernández-Jarguín, Olivier Duron
Ticks are among the most important vectors of pathogens affecting humans and other animals worldwide. They do not only carry pathogens however, as a diverse group of commensal and symbiotic microorganisms are also present in ticks. Unlike pathogens, their biology and their effect on ticks remain largely unexplored, and are in fact often neglected. Nonetheless, they can confer multiple detrimental, neutral, or beneficial effects to their tick hosts, and can play various roles in fitness, nutritional adaptation, development, reproduction, defense against environmental stress, and immunity...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636341/biochemical-characterization-of-wbkc-an-n-formyltransferase-from-brucella-melitensis
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Alexander S Riegert, Daniel P Chantigian, James B Thoden, Peter A Tipton, Hazel M Holden
It has become increasingly apparent within the last several years that unusual N-formylated sugars are often found on the O-antigens of such Gram negative pathogenic organisms as Francisella tularensis, Campylobacter jejuni, and Providencia alcalifaciens, amongst others. Indeed, in some species of Brucella, for example, the O-antigen contains 1,2-linked 4-formamido-4,6-dideoxy-alpha-D-mannosyl groups. These sugars, often referred to as N-formylperosamine, are synthesized in pathways initiating with GDP-mannose...
June 21, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634011/immunomodulatory-properties-of-concholepas-concholepas-hemocyanin-against-francisellosis-in-a-zebrafish-model
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Leidy Lagos, Julia I Tandberg, María Inés Becker, Hanne C Winther-Larsen
The development of vaccines for aquaculture has been an important milestone in providing a continuous and sustainable production. Most of the vaccines currently on the market for aquaculture include oil as adjuvant. Nevertheless, several studies reported an occurrence of side effects after their use in farmed fish. As a result, there is a need for new and improved adjuvants that can stimulate the immune system while causing as few side-effects as possible. Hemocyanins are versatile macromolecules with strong immunogenic and immunomodulatory properties...
June 19, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630061/increased-resistance-to-intradermal-francisella-tularensis-lvs-infection-by-inactivation-of-the-sts-phosphatases
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Kaustubh Parashar, Erik Kopping, David Frank, Vinaya Sampath, David G Thanassi, Nick Carpino
The Suppressor of TCR signaling proteins (Sts-1 and Sts-2) are two homologous phosphatases that negatively regulate signaling pathways in a number of hematopoietic lineages, including T lymphocytes. Mice lacking Sts expression are characterized by enhanced T cell responses. Additionally, a recent study demonstrated that Sts-/- mice are profoundly resistant to systemic infection of Candida albicans, with resistance characterized by enhanced survival, more rapid fungal clearance in key peripheral organs, and an altered inflammatory response...
June 19, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628459/francisella-tularensis-ssp-holarctica-in-ringtail-possums-australia
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John-Sebastian Eden, Karrie Rose, Jimmy Ng, Mang Shi, Qinning Wang, Vitali Sintchenko, Edward C Holmes
The occurrence of Francisella tularensis outside of endemic areas, such as North America and Eurasia, has been enigmatic. We report the metagenomic discovery and isolation of F. tularensis ssp. holarctica biovar japonica from diseased ringtail possums in Sydney, Australia. This finding confirms the presence of F. tularensis in the Southern Hemisphere.
July 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627495/disease-and-mortality-among-yesso-scallops-patinopecten-yessoensis-putatively-caused-by-infection-with-francisella-halioticida
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Gary R Meyer, Geoffrey J Lowe, Scott R Gilmore, Susan M Bower
During the fall of 2015, up to 40% mortality occurred in juvenile Yesso scallops Patinopecten yessoensis at an aquaculture site in Baynes Sound, British Columbia, Canada. Macroscopic lesions were present in 11% of the scallops, and histopathology consisting of multifocal and diffuse haemocyte infiltration was observed in 44% of the specimens examined. Histologically, small Gram-negative intracellular bacteria-like particles were observed within necrotic haemocytes of the lesions, suggesting a bacterial aetiology...
June 19, 2017: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627489/treatment-of-francisella-infections-via-plga-and-lipid-based-nanoparticle-delivery-of-antibiotics-in-a-zebrafish-model
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Lilia S Ulanova, Marina Pinheiro, Carina Vibe, Claudia Nunes, Dorna Misaghian, Steven Wilson, Kaizheng Zhu, Federico Fenaroli, Hanne C Winther-Larsen, Salette Reis, Gareth Griffiths
We tested the efficiency of 2 different antibiotics, rifampicin and oxolinic acid, against an established infection caused by fish pathogen Francisella noatunensis ssp. orientalis (F.n.o.) in zebrafish. The drugs were tested in the free form as well as encapsulated into biodegradable nanoparticles, either polylactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) nanoparticles or nanostructured lipid carriers. The most promising therapies were PLGA-rifampicin nanoparticles and free oxolinic acid; the PLGA nanoparticles significantly delayed embryo mortality while free oxolinic acid prevented it...
June 19, 2017: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625530/the-emerging-roles-of-sting-in-bacterial-infections
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REVIEW
Fabio V Marinho, Sulayman Benmerzoug, Sergio C Oliveira, Bernhard Ryffel, V F J Quesniaux
The STING (Stimulator of Interferon Genes) protein connects microorganism cytosolic sensing with effector functions of the host cell by sensing directly cyclic dinucleotides (CDNs), originating from pathogens or from the host upon DNA recognition. Although STING activation favors effective immune responses against viral infections, its role during bacterial diseases is controversial, ranging from protective to detrimental effects for the host. In this review, we summarize important features of the STING activation pathway and recent highlights about the role of STING in bacterial infections by Chlamydia, Listeria, Francisella, Brucella, Shigella, Salmonella, Streptococcus, and Neisseria genera, with a special focus on mycobacteria...
June 15, 2017: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621333/francisella-requires-dynamic-type-vi-secretion-system-and-clpb-to-deliver-effectors-for-phagosomal-escape
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Maj Brodmann, Roland F Dreier, Petr Broz, Marek Basler
Francisella tularensis is an intracellular pathogen that causes the fatal zoonotic disease tularaemia. Critical for its pathogenesis is the ability of the phagocytosed bacteria to escape into the cell cytosol. For this, the bacteria use a non-canonical type VI secretion system (T6SS) encoded on the Francisella pathogenicity island (FPI). Here we show that in F. novicida T6SS assembly initiates at the bacterial poles both in vitro and within infected macrophages. T6SS dynamics and function depends on the general purpose ClpB unfoldase, which specifically colocalizes with contracted sheaths and is required for their disassembly...
June 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611741/glycosylation-of-a-capsule-like-complex-clc-by-francisella-novicida-is-required-for-virulence-and-partial-protective-immunity-in-mice
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Kelly C Freudenberger Catanzaro, Anna E Champion, Nrusingh Mohapatra, Thomas Cecere, Thomas J Inzana
Francisella tularensis is a Gram-negative bacterium and the etiologic agent of tularemia. F. tularensis may appear encapsulated when examined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), which is due to production of an extracellular capsule-like complex (CLC) when the bacterium is grown under specific environmental conditions. Deletion of two glycosylation genes in the live vaccine strain (LVS) results in loss of apparent CLC and attenuation of LVS in mice. In contrast, F. novicida, which is also highly virulent for mice, is reported to be non-encapsulated...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605439/antibiotic-susceptibility-in-vitro-of-francisella-tularensis-subsp-holarctica-isolates-from-germany
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Herbert Tomaso, Helmut Hotzel, Peter Otto, Kerstin Myrtennäs, Mats Forsman
Background: Tularaemia is a zoonotic disease caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis. In Germany, the disease is still rare (e.g. 34 human cases reported in 2015). There is a lack of data about the susceptibility of F. tularensis strains to antibiotics, because many cases are diagnosed using serological assays only. Objectives: The antibiotic susceptibility in vitro of F. tularensis subsp. holarctica strains isolated in Germany was assessed to determine whether the currently recommended empirical therapy is still adequate...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580063/imaging-findings-of-ulceroglandular-tularemia
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Neil Anand, Osmani Deochand, Robyn Murphy
Francisella tularensis, the causative organism in Tularemia, is a relatively rare disease. There are a few radiological clues to elucidate its presence when suspicion arises. There should be strong consideration for Tularemia in the differential of any patient with its classic symptoms, diffuse cervical lymphadenopathy with evidence of necrosis, and enlarged adenoids. Ultrasound may demonstrate suppurative lymphadenopathy suggestive of infection, as in the case presented. CT often will demonstrate the extent of lymphadenopathy...
January 2017: Journal of Radiology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570503/notes-from-the-field-veillonella-misidentified-as-francisella-tularensis-idaho-2016
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Kris K Carter, Erin M Peterson, Robert L Voermans, Kenneth S Anderson, Tamara Cox, Ahmed M Kassem, Christopher L Ball, Christine G Hahn
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562584/structure-of-the-cpf1-endonuclease-r-loop-complex-after-target-dna-cleavage
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Stefano Stella, Pablo Alcón, Guillermo Montoya
Cpf1 is an RNA-guided endonuclease that is emerging as a powerful genome-editing tool. Here we provide insight into its DNA-targeting mechanism by determining the structure of Francisella novicida Cpf1 with the triple-stranded R-loop generated after DNA cleavage. The structure reveals the machinery involved in DNA unwinding to form a CRISPR RNA (crRNA)-DNA hybrid and a displaced DNA strand. The protospacer adjacent motif (PAM) is recognized by the PAM-interacting domain. The loop-lysine helix-loop motif in this domain contains three conserved lysine residues that are inserted in a dentate manner into the double-stranded DNA...
May 31, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559261/the-fluorocycline-tp-271-is-efficacious-in-models-of-aerosolized-francisella-tularensis-schu-s4-infection-in-balb-c-mice-and-cynomolgus-macaques
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Trudy H Grossman, Michael S Anderson, David Christ, Melanie Gooldy, Lisa N Henning, Henry S Heine, M Victoria Kindt, Winston Lin, Kaylyn Siefkas-Patterson, Anne K Radcliff, Vincent H Tam, Joyce A Sutcliffe
TP-271 is a novel, fully synthetic fluorocycline in development for complicated bacterial respiratory infections. TP-271 was active in vitro against a panel of 29 Francisella tularensis isolates, showing minimal inhibitory concentrations against 50% and 90% of isolates of 0.25 and 0.5μg/mL, respectively. In a mouse model of inhalational tularemia, animals were exposed by aerosol to 91 to 283 LD50/mouse of F. tularensis SCHU S4. Following 21 days of once-daily intraperitoneal dosing of 3, 6, 12 and 18 mg/kg/day TP-271, initiating at 24 hours post-challenge, survival was 80%, 100%, 100%, and 100%, respectively...
May 30, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550119/francisella-novicida-inhibits-spontaneous-apoptosis-and-extends-human-neutrophil-lifespan
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Lauren C Kinkead, Drew C Fayram, Lee-Ann H Allen
Francisella novicida is a Gram-negative bacterium that is closely related to the highly virulent facultative intracellular pathogen, Francisella tularensis Data published by us and others demonstrate that F. tularensis virulence correlates directly with its ability to impair constitutive apoptosis and extend human neutrophil lifespan. In contrast, F. novicida is attenuated in humans, and the mechanisms that account for this are incompletely defined. Our published data demonstrate that F. novicida binds natural IgG that is present in normal human serum, which in turn, elicits NADPH oxidase activation that does not occur in response to F...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547120/enzymatic-characterization-of-fructose-1-6-bisphosphatase-ii-from-francisella-tularensis-an-essential-enzyme-for-pathogenesis
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Hiten J Gutka, Nina M Wolf, Jasper Marc G Bondoc, Farahnaz Movahedzadeh
The glpX gene from Francisella tularensis encodes for the class II fructose 1,6-bisphosphatase (FBPaseII) enzyme. The glpX gene has been verified to be essential in F. tularensis, and the inactivation of this gene leads to impaired bacterial growth on gluconeogenic substrates. In the present work, we have complemented a ∆glpX mutant of Escherichia coli with the glpX gene of F. tularensis (FTF1631c). Our complementation work independently verifies that the glpX gene (FTF1631c) in F. tularensis is indeed an FBPase and supports the growth of the ΔglpX E...
May 25, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539197/candidatus-neoehrlichia-mikurensis-and-borrelia-burgdorferi-sensu-lato-detected-in-the-blood-of-norwegian-patients-with-erythema-migrans
#18
H Quarsten, A Grankvist, L Høyvoll, I B Myre, T Skarpaas, V Kjelland, C Wenneras, S Noraas
The most common tick-borne human disease in Norway is Lyme borreliosis. Ticks in Norway also harbour less known disease-causing agents such as Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis, Borrelia miyamotoi and Rickettsia helvetica. However, human infections caused by these pathogens have never been described in Norway. The main aims of the study were to evaluate the contribution of several tick-borne bacterial agents, other than Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, to zoonotic diseases in Norway and to determine their clinical pictures...
May 13, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536678/the-role-and-mechanism-of-erythrocyte-invasion-by-francisella-tularensis
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Deanna M Schmitt, Rebecca Barnes, Taylor Rogerson, Ashley Haught, Leanne K Mazzella, Matthew Ford, Tricia Gilson, James W-M Birch, Anders Sjöstedt, Douglas S Reed, Jonathan M Franks, Donna B Stolz, James Denvir, Jun Fan, Swanthana Rekulapally, Donald A Primerano, Joseph Horzempa
Francisella tularensis is an extremely virulent bacterium that can be transmitted naturally by blood sucking arthropods. During mammalian infection, F. tularensis infects numerous types of host cells, including erythrocytes. As erythrocytes do not undergo phagocytosis or endocytosis, it remains unknown how F. tularensis invades these cells. Furthermore, the consequence of inhabiting the intracellular space of red blood cells (RBCs) has not been determined. Here, we provide evidence indicating that residing within an erythrocyte enhances the ability of F...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532598/crispr-cpf1-a-new-tool-for-plant-genome-editing
#20
Syed Shan-E-Ali Zaidi, Magdy M Mahfouz, Shahid Mansoor
Clustered regularly interspaced palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-CRISPR-associated proteins (CRISPR-Cas), a groundbreaking genome-engineering tool, has facilitated targeted trait improvement in plants. Recently, CRISPR-CRISPR from Prevotella and Francisella 1 (Cpf1) has emerged as a new tool for efficient genome editing, including DNA-free editing in plants, with higher efficiency, specificity, and potentially wider applications than CRISPR-Cas9.
July 2017: Trends in Plant Science
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